In times of rapidly changing environmental conditions, ecological research is facing new challenges. Woody species and forest ecosystems are particularly under increasing pressure resulting from the accelerating speed of global change, due to their long life expectancy and slow response rates. This makes it necessary to assess the arising ecological and physiological interrelations, which is reflected by the title of the 48th Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland "Ecology - Meeting the Scientific Challenges of a Complex World" being held from 10-14 September 2018 in Vienna, Austria.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Boris Rewald and PD Dr. Katharina M. Keiblinger from the Department of Forest and Soil Sciences, BOKU, are part of an editorial team curating a snapshot of the state-of-the-art of the fields of forest and tree ecology and physiology above and below ground, including forest soils and their microbial communities, with a special focus on plant ecophysiology, (soil) biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, as well as the effects of disturbances, (a-)biotic stresses, and biological invasions. The Research Topic is hosted by Frontiers in Plant Sciences and Frontiers in Microbiology.
The Guest Editors warmly welcome the following article types: Original Research, Reviews, Opinions, General Commentaries, and Hypothesis and Theory. Descriptions of cutting-edge methods are also accepted. The oral and poster contributions presented at the 48th Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland "Ecology - Meeting the Scientific Challenges of a Complex World" are particularly welcome in this Research Topic. However, other contributions fitting in the scope of the Topic, as outlined above and being strongly related to the sessions of the GfÖ 2018 conference, are also encouraged. With their unique mixes of varied contributions, Research Topics unify the most influential researchers, the latest key findings and historical advances in a hot research area!
Deadline for Submissions: 17.02.2019